8th Edition

Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing

By Frank Barnas, Marie Barnas Copyright 2021
    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    Now in its eighth edition, Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing is the industry’s leading textbook covering all aspects of the three pillars of broadcast news.

    The book discusses the key strategies and terms of newsgathering and delivery by providing real-world, professional advice for broadcast journalists in the modern-day newsroom. New to the eighth edition is the Best Apps feature, which identifies the most productive apps used by working journalists when covering stories. The book also covers the ever increasing diversity of the journalism field and brings in new voices from professionals working in the industry to discuss these topics. Other new additions include in-depth discussions of fake news, expanded coverage of social media in the newsroom, and an overview of the latest advances in technology available to television and radio news reporters.

    Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing remains the best book for undergraduate students in journalism writing, producing, newsgathering, and multimedia courses.

    An accompanying companion website features resources to help instructors deliver online courses, including Powerpoints, Quizlets, and a sample syllabus.

    Table of Contents



    Part 1 Acquiring the News

    Chapter 1 Legal and Ethical Considerations

    Chapter 2 Locating the News

    Chapter 3 Developing Stories

    Chapter 4 Collecting Information from Real and Virtual Documents

    Chapter 5 Beats, Spot News, and Reporting Assignments .

    Part 2 Writing the News

    Chapter 6 Newswriting Mechanics

    Chapter 7 Newswriting Style

    Chapter 8 Writing Compelling Leads

    Part 3 Reporting the News

    Chapter 9 Fieldwork

    Chapter 10 Interviewing

    Chapter 11 Covering Planned Events

    Chapter 12 Reporting Live

    Chapter 13 Voiceovers, Packages, and Story Formats

    Part 4 Producing the News

    Chapter 14 Producing the Television Newscast ..

    Chapter 15 Producing the Radio Newscast

    Chapter 16 Delivering the News ..

    Part 5 Transitioning into Professional Newsrooms

    Chapter 17 Careers in Broadcast Journalism

    Chapter 18 Portfolio Development




    Frank Barnas has presented seminars and taught in journalism programs around the world. His background includes television reporting, radio commentary, and documentary productions ranging from Antarctica to Russia. He has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Broadcast Education Association, and the Fulbright Commission.

    Marie Barnas holds MFA degrees in film production and creative writing. She has served as a Fellow for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Radio and Television Society, and the National Association of Television Producers and Executives. Her production awards include Telly, Cindy, and Communicator Awards.

    Praise for 7th edition:

    "Broadcast News Writing, Reporting and Producing complements our practical hands-on approach for new and aspiring Broadcast Journalists. This engaging book seamlessly integrates core journalistic principles - whether in the Newsroom or working in the field – with the processes required to create, present and manage on air content."- Ray Williams, The College of Sports Media, Toronto, ON

    "This text has all the major components for a solid background of writing, reporting, and producing news.. It is highly understandable for college students and also adds enough challenges to enable students of all levels to improve their techniques.The examples used in the text will enable students to test their abilities."-Anthony Loudis, Missouri State University, USA